Pension funds wrestled with ESG responsibilities risk having a detrimental long-term effect on their returns if they make too many ethical exclusions in the short term.
As its institutional asset base in Asia grows, the Scottish fund house has located a dealing duo in the region after launching an onshore China business late last year.
The Scottish fund house has put a general manager and investment director in Shanghai, as well as a new Asia intermediaries executive in Hong Kong.
AsianInvestor hears from David Henderson, partner at the Scottish fund house, about the reasons for the move, hiring plans for the region and why the firm chose Hong Kong.
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